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8 November 2019, 10:10

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Pasechnik: Disengagement impossible in case Ukraine sends police in to demilitarized zones

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LUGANSK, November 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - If Ukraine sends police and national guard in to disengagement areas, disengagement in other areas will be impossible, said LPR head Leonid Pasechnik.

Earlier incumbent chargé d'affaires of the United States of America to Ukraine, William Taylor, said during his visit to Zolotoye that Ukrainian police and National Guard "move in to provide security" in the area after the pull-back of forces.

"Such statements should be treated as an alarming incompetence," Pasechnik said.

He reminded that the disengagement agreements endorsed by Ukraine among others provide for the JCCC officers presence only in the demilitarized areas.

"If Taylor's scenario is enacted, disengagement in new areas will become impossible," he said.

"LPR"s police and state security units will be sent in symmetrically," Pasechnik said.

"We are serious about over responsibilities. We are committed and closely follow the situation on the other side to prevent any violations on its part, conscious or through negligence."

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in September 2016 initialed a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now; however, Kiev forces deploy manpower and hardware in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas in violation of the agreements.

On October, 9, 10 and 11 Kiev failed three attempts to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. Ukrainian nationalistic formations set on resisting the disengagement arrived in the town. Later on, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ordered Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to clear Zolotoye of nationalists.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 08 November — Lugansk